Women in Tech launches Sri Lanka chapter to empower women in STEM

Women in Tech, a leading global organization championing diversity and equity in STEAM, launched its Sri Lanka chapter with a panel discussion themed ‘Learners to Leaders-Women’s Journey in Tech.’ The event, held at Monsoon Colombo, marked a significant stride in Sri Lanka’s IT sector, joining a global network present in 48 countries.

Leadership and Ambitious Plans

Chathini Uduwana, VP People and Country Manager at Typefi Systems, leads the chapter as the Ambassador, alongside a team of dedicated professionals. They unveiled an ambitious plan for 2024, aiming to impact the local tech landscape significantly.

Addressing the Gender Gap in Tech

Globally, the tech industry faces a widening gender gap, with women significantly underrepresented. In Sri Lanka, only about 33% of women participate in the ICT industry. Women in Tech aims to reverse this trend by empowering women and bridging the gender gap.

Support from Global Founder

Ayumi Moore Aoki, Women in Tech Global Founder and CEO, extended her support to the Sri Lanka chapter, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to making a measurable impact.

Insightful Panel Discussion

The panel, featuring prominent figures like Prof. Arosha Adikaram and Rukshani Malewana, delved into contemporary issues in the tech industry, including the role of women, STEM education awareness, and challenges in career progression. Discussions also covered psychological concerns, work-life balance, and the importance of gender-inclusive leadership.

The Role of Mentoring and Role Models

The panel highlighted the importance of mentoring and being role models for inspiring future generations of women in STEM. They advocated for a proactive approach to raise awareness of STEM education among young girls.

Impact and Contribution to SDGs

Since its inception in 2018, Women in Tech has evolved into a prominent organization, impacting over a third of a million people worldwide. Its efforts align with seven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing significantly to global gender equality and empowerment initiatives in STEAM.

The Women in Tech Sri Lanka chapter’s launch is a pivotal moment in promoting gender diversity and empowering women in the STEAM fields within the country. By fostering an environment of support, mentorship, and awareness, the chapter aims to inspire and elevate the role of women in the tech industry, contributing to a more inclusive and equitable technological future.

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